How to Protect Dogs from Coyote — 5 Tips

how to protect dogs from coyoteYour dog is a beloved member of your family. When it comes to protecting them from harm, we want to do everything under the moon to keep them safe. And with coyote activity on the rise in suburban and urban areas, it’s all the more important to take a handful of precautions that could save your dog’s life in the event of a coyote encounter.

Here are 5 tips on how to protect your dog from coyotes.

Tip #1: Don’t be a food source

Coyotes will scavenge near and far to find food, and this includes searching your backyard if they smell or see anything interesting. And since coyotes will eat just about anything, it’s important to secure your garbage in an animal-proof container. And for extra security, maybe even store your trash can inside of your garage or shed.

If you feed your dog outside, bring in their food and water bowls once they’re finished eating.

Bird feeders can also attract a hungry coyote, who will likely be more interested in the birds than the contents of the bird feeder itself. Keep everyone safe and store your bird feeder.

Once you’ve secured your garbage, brought the dog food inside, and stored your bird feeder away, take a walk around your property to look for anything else that could be food for coyotes. This includes fruit trees, gardens, and fish ponds.

Tip #2: Build a fence

If you don’t already have a fence around your property, we highly recommend building one. Fences are a simple way to keep your pets in and coyotes out. Your fence should be at least 6 feet high. And since coyotes are known to dig under fences, bury the fence anywhere from 12” – 18” in the ground.

Install a PVC pipe, chicken wire, or barbed wire on top of the fence to make sure a particularly athletic coyote isn’t able to, literally, get a leg up.

Tip #3: Put on your fight face

Every encounter with a coyote―and hopefully, you won’t have any―should be unpleasant for the coyote, and result in them running away scared. You never want to give coyotes the feeling of being comfortable around humans. So, whenever you see a coyote, scare it away using tactics outlined by The Humane Society. 

These tactics include making lots of noise by yelling, blowing a whistle, or using an air horn. You should also make yourself appear larger by waving your arms up over your head. The Humane Society also suggests throwing sticks and small rocks in the coyote’s direction.

Read The Humane Society’s complete guide to coyote hazing by visiting

Tip #4: A tight leash

Always keep your dogs leashed and near you while you’re out on walks together. In an interview with Dogster, a National Park Service ranger in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said that dog owners should act as if there’s always a coyote nearby and on the prowl. That way, you're never caught off guard.

Tip #5: Install Nite Guard Solar lights

Nite Guard Solar lights are used by dog owners across the US to protect their beloved pets from predators like coyote. We receive story after story from grateful customers who’ve found a solution to their coyote problems by using our lights.

Here’s what two of our happy customers have to say about using Nite Guard Solar lights to deter coyotes.

“We heard coyotes every night until we put up Nite Guard Solar lights. Now we have not heard them for months.” ― Gary Fowler in Georgia

“Absolutely stops coyotes! My neighbors laughed at me when I bought this product. They are not laughing now because the coyotes are starting to go to their rightful place after I installed Nite Guard Solar lights.” ― J. Fendrick in Windsor, Colorado

Read more coyote testimonials.

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Updated May 2018